If this isn’t blatant fake news, we don’t know what is.
The New York Times ran a deliberate fake news hit piece on Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, over a set of motorized curtains installed at her residence costing nearly $53,000.
“Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701,” reads the obnoxious headline.
The Times manages to underscore that the State Department was enduring deep budget cuts and hiring freezes in the first paragraph. They somehow find time to lament the “spectacular views” Haley is privy to and how her predecessors had to take up residence in a hotel in the second paragraph.
But one seemingly super-important detail remains unaddressed until quite a ways down in the column. Six paragraphs to be precise.
After reading about how these curtains belong to Haley and how they were bought despite her colleagues suffering through job losses and such, the average reader could be forgiven if they didn’t make it down to the paragraph that explains … the Obama administration actually bought them, and the Haley had no say in the purchase.
Cool story, New York Times pic.twitter.com/w8ZdZ4UAKl
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) September 14, 2018
The damage was done. The Times piece was designed to create the illusion that Haley had carelessly made an extravagant purchase, a la Ben Carson.
Several other media outlets ran with the bogus narrative, ranging from The Hill, to the New York Post – even Gizmodo got in on the action, incorrectly attributing the purchase to the Trump administration.
Look at the top results in a Google search. (Yes, that Google, the one where top executives held a literal crying session after Hillary lost the election.)
— Rusty Weiss 🤔🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) September 14, 2018
Keep digging a little further into the Times column and you’ll see that a former Obama official actually defended his administration’s purchase of the curtains.
“All she’s got is a part-time maid, and the ability to open and close the curtains quickly is important,” he said citing security and entertainment purposes.
Not only did the Obama team buy the curtains, but they explained that they’re completely justified. There is zero story here!
They hooked you in with a headline that doesn’t match the content of the article. And since a majority of liberal readers don’t move much further than the headline, they ran with it.
The Times false narrative even led to one Congressman calling for an investigation. I mean, granted the congressman is an individual who nobody really listens to for anything other than comic relief, but still, you could see how a ‘fake news’ story can become a problem.
This is not okay. As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I call on @HouseForeign Chairman @RepEdRoyce to hold an oversight hearing on @StateDept spending on @nikkihaley and her deputy. https://t.co/c2ipX1s79d
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 14, 2018
Haley being the target of a smear campaign could be considered no surprise and a bit of a surprise at the same time.
She’s a target because of her role in the Trump administration, where she’s well-revered. Whether she’s smacking down Hillary Clinton, blasting Obama during her UN speeches, or throwing parties for pro-American countries only, Haley is a bottomless pit of excellence.
At the same time, she is typically respected by both sides of the political aisle. Many pundits and politicians have expressed their belief that she could very well end up being the first female President of the United States.
What will the New York Times do when she decides to do a little interior decorating in the White House in 2024?